Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan retained the gold medal she won in 2015 in the women’s 100m hurdles. She also stormed to victory in a new championship record of 12.68, to erase Glory Alozie’s former African Games record of 12.74 set in Johannesburg 20 years ago
Burkina Faso’s Christiane Marthe Yasmine Koala took the silver in 13.20, and Taylon Bieldt the bronze with a time of 13.40.
It was back-to-back African Games victories for Kelechi Nwanaga who almost lost her title to South Africa’s Jo-ane Van Dyk, the 2016 World U20 silver medalist.
The reigning African champion beat Van Dyk to gold in Asaba, Nigeria, last year and led the standings with a third round attempt of 54.82m.
However, the South African overtook her in her sixth attempt after her spear landed at 55.38m. Nwanaga snatched the gold with her final attempt of 55.88m.
2011 World Championships silver medalist Sunette Viljoen took third place with her best effort of 53.44m.
Mekides Abebe upgraded from continental junior champion to senior gold medalist in the women’s 3000m steeplechase. It was a scanty field comprising only six athletes, with three of them Ethiopians, while Mercy Wanjiru happened to be the only Kenyan in the mix.
The Ethiopians had planned a clean sweep of medals with Abebe leading the pack, eventually dominating the event with a time of 9:35.18. Weynshet Ansa Weldetsadik was poised for second place but Wanjiru overtook her in the final lap, winning silver in 9:37.53.
Tunisia’s Abdessalem Ayouni emerged the surprise winner of the men’s 800m, stunning Kenya’s Cornelious Kipkoech, who already thought he had the win in the bag.
But Ayouni waited for the perfect opportunity to strike, and with less than 10 metres to go, he sailed past the rest of the field to take the victory with a lifetime best of 1:45.17.
Kipkoech was second in 1:45.41, and Morocco’s Nabil Oussama third in 1:45.42.